Study Abroad is encouraged for Brinson Honors College students to gain international experience in their fields. Students can approach study abroad as a faculty-led trip or a full semester at a university in another country.
Brinson Honors College students who wish to complete a full term abroad can earn up to 12 hours Honors credit by taking courses and transferring them back to WCU. Those 12 hours account for half of the credits needed for the Brinson Honors College diploma. Students should consult with their Brinson Honors College Advisor and with WCU’s Study Abroad office to explore options for destinations and courses.
Three students from the Brinson Honors College are studying abroad by means of Brinson Honors College funded Study Abroad Travel Scholarships this spring:
Sydney Hernandez, Bulgaria: Sydney is from Greenville, NC. She is a biology major interested in pursuing veterinary medicine and is considering joining the Peace Corp. after graduation.
Rebecca Olsen, Japan: Rebecca is an Anthropology major with a focus on Forensic Anthropology. She is also completing minors in chemistry, biology and Japanese studies. She is currently studying at Chukyo University.
Brooke Myall, Australia: From China Grove, NC, Brooke is a nursing student with a minor in Environmental Health. Brooke plans to work in healthcare in Western North Carolina after finishing her degree at WCU.
Each summer, WCU faculty host select courses abroad, and honors students may earn Honors credit for participating in these faculty-led trips. Upcoming programs will take place in Argentina (Medical Spanish or Argentinean History and Culture), Costa Rica (Accelerated Intermediate Spanish), and Spain (Advanced Grammar and Valencian History and Culture). Contact Dr. Lori Oxford, coordinator of the Spanish B.A., to be connected with the faculty who will be leading these programs. For more information, visit the World Languages department website here.